Presentation on theme: "Program Review The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides high quality, career exploration and planning materials at no cost to high schools across."— Presentation transcript:
Program Review The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides high quality, career exploration and planning materials at no cost to high schools across the country. The Program encourages students to explore a wide variety of careers, rather than limiting their exploration by telling them what they can or should do.
Keeping Options Open Planning and decision making will benefit students throughout their lives. Career Development is an Ongoing Process Students’ career plans are in formative stage Career plans develop and change over time
Importance of Career Exploration Students make decisions about college or careers before they have spent time thinking about the following key areas: The ASVAB Program gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers using knowledge they have gained about their interests and skills through assessment components and structured activities.
Student Benefits The ASVAB Program encourages students to: Explore –Learn about themselves and the world of work Plan –Find out what they need to do to meet career goals Do –Take steps toward getting skills and qualifications for various occupations “It’s a great break-down of their types, and it links seamlessly to appropriate careers. It also interests students in careers they may not have otherwise considered.” -- High School Counselor
School and Counseling Benefits The ASVAB Program gives schools and counselors: Comprehensive Career Program –Designed for all students, regardless of future career or educational plans –Aligned with current career development theory and practice Ready-to-Use Activities –Created to guide students through career and coursework planning
Educational Benefits Generates standardized/aggregate test data Meets many state requirements for career exploration Supplies resources and tools that support state or school district career portfolio requirements Provides a comprehensive career planning product that doesn’t add to school’s workload
What are the Main Components?
The Main Components Multiple-Aptitude test – ASVAB Interest Inventory – Find Your Interest (FYI) Career Exploration Tool – OCCU-Find
Multiple-Aptitude Test ASVAB Test Assessment of student’s ability to learn new skills Predictor of success in training and education programs General Science Knowledge of life science, earth and space science, and physical science Arithmetic Reasoning Ability to solve basic arithmetic word problems Word Knowledge Ability to understand the meaning of words through synonyms Paragraph Comprehension Ability to obtain information from written material Mathematics Knowledge Knowledge of mathematical concepts and applications Electronics Information Knowledge of electrical current, circuits, devices, and electronic systems Auto and Shop Information Knowledge of automotive maintenance and repair, and wood and metal shop practices Mechanical Comprehension Knowledge of the principles of mechanical devices, structural support, and properties of materials
Career Exploration Tool OCCU-Find 400+ occupations Skill Importance Ratings O*NET/OOH occupational descriptions Career Cluster linkages Descriptions for the 16 national career clusters and 80+ pathways
The Career Workshop
Career Workshop Overview Who Runs the Sessions? Education Services Specialists High school counselors How Long do They Last? 45-90 minutes Customized to fit your schedule What do Students Receive? ASVAB test results FYI Exploring Careers: ASVAB Career Exploration Guide Web Access Code for Online search tool
Interpreting Test Scores ASVAB Summary Results Sheet
Interpreting Test Scores Score sheets show students’ areas of strength and areas of potential growth Scores motivate students to go forward Schools receive roster of scores and electronic aggregate data available upon request Career resources provide tutorials that show the relationship between test scores and occupations
FYI and OCCU-Find Reveals work-related interests types that link to career development and enjoyment of life Exposes students to career exploration opportunities and develop a career focus Helps students understand difference between careers and work Validates relationship between strengths and interests Broadens student exploration of careers vs narrowing focus
Career Clusters Occupations in OCCU-Find link to career clusters Descriptions for career clusters and pathways Search by cluster or occupation Some states have implemented Career Clusters to connect what a student learns in school with future employment or career.
Career Planning Materials Classroom Activities Coursework planning based on career interests and goals My Educational and Career Plans summary My ASVAB Portfolio
Is the Program Right for Your School?
How does the ASVAB CEP add value? Important component in career counseling Objective ability assessment with links to career planning Appropriate career planning tool regardless of post- secondary intentions The ASVAB test “is distinguished by superior norms, a thorough investigation of test fairness, and unsurpassed criterion- related validity data.” -- Ryan Krane and Tirre (2005). Ability Assessment in Career Counseling
Administering the ASVAB Test What Role Does the School Play? Determines test date Sets aside a quiet, well-lit room for three hours What Role Does the ASVAB Program Play? Administers and proctors the test Arranges follow-up interpretation session
ASVAB Program and the Military Civilian education services specialists administer ASVAB Program Schools determine whether or not student information is released to the military Recruiters serve as test proctors only; they are expressly prohibited from recruiting actions during test administration Program is provided to schools whether information is released to military recruiters or not Participants have no obligation to speak to a recruiter or pursue a military career 49% of participants intend on going to a 4-year college; 13% have an interest in military careers
Career Intentions of High School Students Student Testing Program, 2013-14
How the Program Benefits You The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a cost-free and comprehensive program for high school students. Students explore occupations in line with interests and skills, and develop strategies to realize career goals. The Program is easily integrated into the high school curriculum. The Program presents a full-spectrum of career opportunities to students.